Monday, November 21, 2016

"Obama's Last Dereliction"

"While in Germany this week, Barack Obama had the opportunity to denounce the violence and extremism exhibited by some of the thousands of anti-Trump demonstrators who have flooded American streets since the election. He declined."

"Alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, the president passed on the opportunity to condemn the violent members of what have admittedly been mostly peaceful protests against Trump. Preferring instead to take a lofty philosophical view that this spasm of anxiety from America’s liberals was a generally healthy thing, Obama instead lectured to his successor about the value of America’s freedom of political expression."

“I suspect that there’s not a president in our history that hasn’t been subject to these protests,” Obama said. “So, I would not advise people who feel strongly or who are concerned about some of the issues that have been raised during the course of the campaign, I wouldn’t advise them to be silent.” The president closed by denouncing the demonization of opposing views. That was a special treat for Republicans of whom he had previously accused of allying with “death to America”-chanting Iranian hardliners."

I think that "last dereliction" is probably wishful thinking, and a little premature. 

Obama still has plenty of time to do plenty of damage. He's not happy about going out with a whimper and will likely try to make it a bang. 

America and Israel will most likely be on the receiving end.